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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Annette & Daniel

July 21, 2018

Ha Giang Loop

Since we are going to be traveling the world together for the next few years, we want to learn a little bit more about you! Please comment below answering the following questions:
**Fair warning** I’m usually a small-talk skipper, so please don’t feel like you have to answer any questions you’re not comfortable with! If you want to share them with us, but don’t feel comfortable in the comments section, please e-mail your answers to [email protected]

We want to get to know you!

1. What’s your name?
2. Where are you from?
3. Have you traveled before? If so, what’s your favorite destination and why?
4. What’s your favorite memory?
5. What’s the most difficult thing you’ve ever had to overcome?
6. What would a “perfect day” look like for you?
7. What, in life, are you most grateful for?
8. Is there something you’ve dreamt of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?
9. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind, or body of a 30 year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you choose?
10. What are you most scared of?

As promised…

Daniel and I have answered the same questions for you below!

Where are you from?

Annette: I’m originally from Miami, FL, but moved to Gainesville, FL in 2012 where I’ve lived most of my adult life.

Daniel: I was originally born in Chapel Hill, NC, but moved to Gainesville, FL in 1998 where I lived until we started traveling.

What’s your favorite destination and why?

Annette: This one is a hard one for me. If you would have asked me a month ago, I would have told you Florence, Italy (Read about that experience here). It gorgeous, it has great food, the language is fun, and the people are AMAZING. A couple of weeks ago, however, I fell in love with Japan. It literally has everything you could want in a country: easy transportation, great food, respectful culture, big city life, beaches, mountains; literally everything (You can read all about Tokyo, here)!

Daniel: I would have to say Thailand! Going to Thailand was the beginning of me loving my life. It’s where I’ve been able to express myself creatively, and reach my fullest potential. Not to mention that the food and people here are incredible.

What’s your favorite memory?

Annette: My favorite memory is when I was sitting across from the Ponte Vecchio with Daniel, eating our favorite pizza, and realized he was the guy I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. I’m super cheesy, I know… Lol

Daniel: I don’t know if I have a specific memory that is my favorite but! I would have to say that the two months we spent in Western Europe encompassed all most all of my favorites. Everything from what Annette said above, pub crawls in Munich, to being on the Eiffel Tower for our 1 year anniversary.

What’s the most difficult thing you’ve ever had to overcome?

Annette: A little over a year ago, I almost committed suicide. Overcoming depression, anxiety, self-hatred, low self-esteem, and realizing that my life was actually worth something has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I actually have an entire post about how I overcame that here.

Daniel: Being forced to resign for “not working hard enough” when I was pulling 60+ hour weeks. When you are busting your butt almost 10 hours a day to not get recognized, it forces you to figure out why you are working so hard in the first place.

What would a “perfect day” look like for you?

Annette: Sitting on a beach, listening to the sound of the waves crashing on the sand, with the love of my life next to me is the perfect day to me. It actually happens quite frequently now-a-days! 😀

Daniel: Honestly, right now it would be exploring the streets of a new city that is rich with culture and history. As silly as this may sound, I like really old things like buildings and monuments that have a story behind them.

What, in life, are you most grateful for?

Annette: I’m most grateful for my husband. It doesn’t matter if I’m happy, sad, sassy, or suicidal; he has stood by me through it all. Even when I told him I wanted to sell all of our crap and start traveling the world, he didn’t tell me I was crazy. Instead, he thought about it for a few months and we embarked on the journey together. He’s not only my better half, but my best friend. We’re goofy together, affectionate, and adventurous. I couldn’t have asked for a better life partner… and for that, I’m grateful every day.

Daniel: I’m most grateful for Annette. She has helped me to become the man I am today. I used to not believe in feeling and showing emotion because I felt it was weak and she has shown me that it is quite the opposite. I know that no matter what we go through in life, she is always going to be by my side and make me feel valued, appreciated, and special.

Is there something you’ve dreamt of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?

Annette: I definitely dreamt of dropping everything and traveling the world for many many years before actually doing it. I never thought I would be worthy of that kind of happiness. I would see people on YouTube traveling and think, “they must have something special”, or, “I don’t have the courage to do that”. Turns out, all it takes is making the decision to change your situation, and sticking to it no matter how difficult it became.

Daniel: Ive dreamt of starting a family and raising kids. Ever since my 9th grade year of high school that has been the #1 thing I have wanted; to be a dad. We haven’t had kids for a couple reasons: 1. I want to make sure that Annette and I are able to enjoy being young, married and only having to worry about each other. I feel that so many people rush into kids without taking the time to live life with their spouse first. 2. I’m ready for the love and affection that comes with having a child and to reach that next stage of life with Annette but I want to make sure I am my best self for when we have kids. I still have plenty of personal growth needing to happen before I can offer my best to our future children.

If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind, or body of a 30 year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you choose?

Annette: I would without a doubt keep the body of a 30-year old. With age, you gain wisdom and maturity and that’s not something I want to lose. Getting older, however, does change the amount of things you’re able to do, and I want to have the ability to keep my physical youth!

Daniel: I would choose mind. I am terrified of growing old and going bonkers lol

What are you most scared of?

Annette: Right now, I’m scared of every having to go back to “normal life”. When we set the goal to travel for 5 years, it was just that; a goal. We don’t have the money to sustain 5 years of travel and to be honest, we have NO IDEA how we are going to do it. But we know what we want, now we just have to figure out how to sustain it!

Daniel: I promise my answer is not as intense as it is going sounds lol I am afraid of dying. This trip has pushed me so far out of my comfort zone that it has forced me to face my fears and anxieties head-on. A lot of you may not know but I deal with some pretty intense paranoia and its getting better…now that I am actively working on it. ;P

Now it’s your turn!

Thank you for reading, and participating! We are so grateful for this wonderful community we have around us and are excited to get to know you!


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